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Qantas plane returns to Dubai due to technical issue after takeoff

Aircraft spotted circling over Dubai skies before returning to airport shortly after takeoff

  • A Qantas plane.Image Credit: Agency
  • A flight tracker shows the Qantas plane making circles before returning to Dubai airport.Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: A Qantas plane with passengers from the UAE had to abort its flight and return to Dubai after a technical problem developed shortly after taking off.

Qantas flight QF2 bound for Sydney, Australia made a turnaround just after taking off from Dubai International Airport on Wednesday morning.

The airline confirmed to Gulf News that the aircraft experienced an issue with the air conditioning system.

A tracker showing the flight path indicated that the aircraft, A380 VH-OQJ, circled over Dubai several times before returning to the airport.


“The aircraft returned safely to Dubai Airport and our engineers are looking into it,” the airline said in a statement.

The affected passengers have been provided with accommodation and they’re scheduled to fly on Thursday.

“As the crew reached their maximum duty limits, customers have been provided with overnight accommodation and the flight has been rescheduled to depart at 11am tomorrow,” a spokesperson told Gulf News. had reported earlier that the plane, which departed from Dubai after 10.20am, was believed to have encountered a “pressurisation” issue.